Iowa Republican on Trump claim: If windmill noise caused cancer I'd have 'church bell cancer'

Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstCongress, White House near deal on spending, debt limit Trump mulling visit to ethanol refinery later this month: report Bullock: Running for Senate 'never really got me excited' MORE (R-Iowa) responded to President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE's claim that noise from windmills can cause cancer by saying that if it were true, "I'd have church bell cancer."

"I have church bells that ring across from my office here in D.C.  I know that noise doesn't give me cancer, otherwise I'm sure I'd have church bell cancer," she said, according to a Des Moines NBC affiliate

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"I would say it's ridiculous," she said of the president's comment. She added that the state is lucky to have its wind industry. 

Her fellow Iowa senator, Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyThreat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Trump mulling visit to ethanol refinery later this month: report Nursing home care: A growing crisis for an aging America  MORE (R), a day prior called the comment "idiotic." 

Trump on Tuesday denounced the alternative fuel source during a National Republican Congressional Committee fundraising dinner. He claimed that noise from wind turbines causes cancer, but did not offer information to support his statement.

“If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value. And they say the noise causes cancer,” he said. 

Trump's remarks have been met with criticism by lawmakers across the ideological spectrum.